During my prayer time this morning I felt I was led to write my own devotionals and so, here we are!
The Pied Piper of Hamlyn, a popular children’s story, speaks of a man who with the sound of his flute conveys images of faraway lands, woods, and mountains. In this way the Pied Piper rids an entire town of rats. The rats followed him believing they were going to a better place. They did not believe this because the Pied Piper sat them down and spoke endlessly of these lands in order to convince them but, they heard the sound and they believed. In this case, the rats made the wrong choice, this decision was to be their last as they are led to a river to drown one by one.
Who are you following today? Are you following every move of our leaders around the world, eagerly waiting for their next response to Coronavirus today? Are you following a movie star dreaming of a life you imagine they have? Are you following the ideals of social media, spending hours on beauty treatments in order to get the latest look? Whilst, in moderation, listening to the advice of our fellow man is not a danger. We all benefit from some skincare advice, health advice or sporting tips, however, we are not to Follow our fellow man. We are to Follow Jesus!
Oswald Chambers writes in his My Utmost Devotional Bible “The early disciples were not attracted to Jesus because they wanted to be saved from sin; they had no concept that they needed saving. They were attracted to Him by a dominating sincerity, by sentiments other than those which we say make men come to Jesus … They did not follow Jesus because they wanted to be saved, but because they could not help following.”
These men Oswald speaks of were working on their boats, probably looking forward to finishing up fixing their nets and heading home with their catch of the day for their wives to cook up a storm in the kitchen before gathering the family around the table to feast together when, in an instant, their lives changed forever. They would not be at home for their family meal that evening, perhaps they would not return for many weeks or months, their eyes had rested on Jesus and their lives were no longer their own. They chose to follow Jesus – not for what they could gain as so many of us do today but purely because of who He was. The nature of Jesus was such that men would drop everything and everyone they had in order to follow Him.
Mark 1:16-20 “As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.”
Let us look to the man, Jesus, in order that we, like the rats of Hamlyn and the fisherman of Galilee will follow unblinkingly, knowing that He is the only one worth following.
Love and Blessings